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7/2/2014 - Restrictive Abortion Laws in Mississippi and Florida Take Effect
Laws restricting access to abortion went into effect in Mississippi and Florida yesterday. Mississippi law now bans abortion 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, about 18 weeks gestation -beforefetal viability....

7/2/2014 - Iraqi Women Face Reproductive Health Care Shortage During Crisis
The United Nations warned this week that due to the escalating crisis in the northern and western parts of the country, about 250,000 Iraqi women and girls - including almost 60,000 pregnant women - need urgent health care as soon as possible. Recent violence in Iraq has displaced approximately one million people, overwhelming health facilities in parts of the country....

7/2/2014 - US Supreme Court upholds California gay conversion therapy ban
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that "gay conversion therapy," which aims to change the sexual orientation of children under the age of 18, is within a state's right to regulate and can therefore be banned....

7/1/2014 - Hobby Lobby Decision Values Corporations Over Women
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 along rigid gender and ideological lines that "closely-held" corporations could not be required to provide health insurance coverage for methods of contraception that violate the corporation'ssincerely held religious beliefs -- preventing employees who work for these companies from accessing certain FDA-approved contraceptives. In a statement issued by the Feminist Majority Foundation, President Eleanor Smeal said the decision "not only deprives women of comprehensive healthcare, but it sets a terrifying standard in affirming the 'personhood' of corporations." Though the Court did not provide a definition of a "closely held" corporation (there are multiple state definitions), the Wall Street Journal reports that roughly 90 percent of all companies in the US are "closely held," and according to a 2009 NYU research study, roughly half of all private sector employees work for such corporations....

7/1/2014 - Obama Pledges to Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Federal Employees
At the White House annual LGBT Pride Month reception Monday night, President Obama reiterated his commitment to sign an executive order protecting transgender federal employees from discrimination. President Obama told the crowd, "If Congress won't act, I will."He pledged that the Executive Order would include employees already protected on the basis of sexual orientation....

6/30/2014 - Mississippi Freedom Summer Focuses On Fighting Voter Suppression
MISSISSIPPI - Two members of Feminist Majority Foundation's campus team were in Jackson, Mississippi this past week engaging with social justice groups on the subject of modern-day voter suppression. National Campus Organizer Edwith Theogene and Campus Communications Associate Taylor Kuether attended plenaries, workshops, and breakout sessions centralized around voting and labor issues as part of Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary conference at Tougaloo College....

6/30/2014 - BREAKING: SCOTUS Decides Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Choosing Birth Control
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2014 WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, Inc....

6/30/2014 - BREAKING: SCOTUS Decides Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Choosing Birth Control
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2014 WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, Inc....

6/27/2014 - New York Women's Equality Act Stalled For A Second Time
For the second year in a row, the New York State legislature closed its legislative session without voting on the Women's Equality Act (WEA)....

6/27/2014 - Federal Court Strikes Down Austin CPC Ordinance
A United States District Judge struck down a city ordinance in Austin, Texas that required Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) to post signage declaring that they do not offer medical care. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled on Monday that the ordinance, approved by the Austin City Council in 2012 to provide clarity to potential clients unfamiliar with clinics in the area, is unconstitutionally vague and violates the centers' guarantee of due process, reports the Austin American-Statesman....

6/27/2014 - Most Media Missed Chance to Uncover Violent Undercurrents in McCullen
In the hours following the Supreme Court's ruling on "safety buffer zones", few mainstream media outlets called attention to the violence that necessitated them; but social media was awash with stories about violence, harassment, and intimidation at clinics. Hashtags like #ProtectTheZone, #ClinicViolenceIsReal,#NotCounseling, #SCOTUSFail, #clinicthreats, #antichoiceterrorists--all appeared in thousands of tweets from firsthand victims of clinic violence....

6/26/2014 - Statement: SCOTUS Decision Endangers Women And Healthcare Workers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2014 WASHINGTON -- Today, the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) is outraged by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a Massachusetts buffer zone law as unconstitutional. "The lives of doctors and clinic staff are being threatened as we speak," said Feminist Majority Foundation President, Eleanor Smeal....

6/26/2014 - SCOTUS Decision Endangers Women And Healthcare Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2014 Contact: J.T....

6/25/2014 - House Committee Approves Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers
The House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill yesterday with an amendment to remove a provision banning the Peace Corps from funding abortions for its volunteers, even in cases of rape or incest. Unlike other employees with federal health care plans - including Peace Corps employees - Peace Corps volunteers currently do not have access to abortion coverage even in cases of rape, incest, or endangered health or life....

6/25/2014 - TRAP Law Shuts Down North Alabama Clinic
Before the week is out, another Alabama clinic will shut its doors thanks to the state's TRAP bill, set to take effect July 1. Last April, Alabama Gov....

6/24/2014 - Strong Support For IVAWA and CEDAW in Senate Hearing
In an iconic display of support, eight women Senators testified today at a Senate subcommittee hearing in support of the need to take action against violence against women globally....

6/24/2014 - President Obama Highlights Women's Economic Agenda at White House Summit
President Obama addressed a packed audience Monday at the White House Summit on Working Families to support policies aimed at helping women workers and their families achieve greater economic stability. Declaring that when women succeed, America succeeds, the President highlighted several items on the Women's Economic Agenda - an agenda promoted by major women's leadership organizations such as the National Women's Law Center, the National Partnership for Women and Families, the National Organization for Women, and the Feminist Majority, and championed by the House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Rep....

6/23/2014 - White House Holds Summit on Working Families
The White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress are hosting a Summit on Working Families today to discuss "creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans." The Summit will address ways to strengthen the economic security of working families through the creation of policies that promote, among other things, equal pay, paid leave, elder care, and affordable and accessible child care. "At a time when women make up about half of America's workforce, outdated workplace policies that make it harder for mothers to work hold our entire economy back," Obama said in his weekly address Saturday about the Summit....

6/23/2014 - Senate Subcommittee to Tackle Violence Against Women Globally
Engaging the US in the global fight to end gender-based violence will take center stage tomorrow as part of a Senate subcommittee hearing aimed at fully combating violence and discrimination against women worldwide. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair of the Senate Foreign RelationsSubcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues hearingwill preside over the hearing at which several women Senators will testify, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Patty Murray (D-WA). The Senate Subcommittee hearing will focus on how the US and the international community can work to prevent violence against women, promote women's rights, and empower women and girls globally....

6/20/2014 - President Plans Expansion of Sick Leave For Same Sex Couples
The White House announced plans today to draft an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act that would ensure people in same sex couples can take unpaid leave to care for a sick spouse....

6/20/2014 - Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion
Two Michigan lawmakers introduced state legislation to repeal a Michigan law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for abortion, even in cases of rape or when a women's health is endangered. Michigan State Senator Gretchen Whitmer, the Senate Minority Leader, and State Representative Sarah Roberts, both Democrats, introduced the legislation this week....

6/19/2014 - US Labor Secretary Speaks Out In Support of Paid Family Leave
US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said in an interview Wednesday that paid family leave is one of the most critical issue facing working families today. "So many people don't have the luxury of taking an hour away from the workplace to attend indispensable family commitments," Perez said on HuffPo Live Wednesday....

6/19/2014 - American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Fired Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Following sexual misconduct allegations, American Apparel's founder and Chief Operating Officer Dov Charney has been fired. The company's executive board voted Wednesday to remove Charney from the position....

6/18/2014 - Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds
The Senate today is expected to approve $41 million in funding to process hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country. The measure is part of the $51.2 billion Justice Department budget for 2015.The House passed the budget in May leaving the funds in tact.The bill has been up for consideration in the Senate since June 12, with a final vote expected today. "Outrageous that 10s of thousands untested sex assault kits sitting in crime labs or police lockers, "Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen....

6/18/2014 - Young Americans Healthier Under Affordable Care Act
Young adults in the United States are now more likely to report they are in good physical and mental health following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new report published in the Journal of the American Medial Association (JAMA). Millions of young adults have gotten health insurance under the ACA, which includes a provision that allows individuals to remain covered under their parents' health insurance plans until they're 26....